He sat under the wide shaded arms of an Algarroba tree surrounded by plastic bags – the kind that every grocery store packs in. One by one, the ten-year-old boy tied knots in them and then tied them one to another. Before long, other children were showing up with bags from their huts and joining in the project. Finally, the knotted bags were placed inside a slightly more durable bag to become a soccer ball. In the remaining hour of daylight, every child in the village was on the field and playing like their greatest hero.
Hebrews 10: 24 and 25 tells us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (English Standard Version).
Just as that little boy stirred up the creativity of the other children and became an encouragement for them to get involved and to play, so are followers of Christ to stir up and encourage one another in their work for him. The passage is talking about a particular day, but there are other days as well.
Those in a university or seminary setting face hardships in relationships, work, academics, finances and health, just like anywhere else. This applies to our traditional students, adult learners, staff and faculty. When hard times come, we want to be there for one another and we want someone to be there for us. Being there will be so much greater when we have been there all along encouraging one another and stirring up the giftedness that each one possesses.
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